School Parliament HJS
A very important voice and vision for the future of our School.
At Harlescott Junior School we encourage our children to have their say about school matters.
One way this has been made possible is by the formation of the School Parliament. Our School Parliament has been elected by the children themselves and has an important role to play in the development and improvement of the school for our children.
Becoming a School Parliament member is a big achievement. On Election Day, after listening to speeches, each class elects one child to be a member of the parliament for that academic year. In meetings, our representatives have an opportunity to discuss issues raised by children from their own class as well as working on objectives delivered by Mrs Twidale. After these meetings the class representative reports to their class and help make the ideas they agree on happen.
Our School Parliament meets regularly to discuss any matters or issues of interest to the children within the school environment, surrounding community and things affecting the world around them. For example, last academic year we worked together to provide support or ideas for a number of areas. We wrote to B&Q requesting a contribution of funds to buy plants, shrubs and tools so we can develop our Outdoor Learning Environment. We organised a cake sale plus a Bake Off competition for Children in Need. We have never seen so many cakes in one room. Each year, school council helps to set up our Harvest Festival food collection as well as offering ideas and support at other fundraising events such as the Christmas and Summer Fair and Non-Uniform Days. Another area the children worked on was the upkeep of playground equipment and designing a Favourite Book Character Mural.
It is our intention that our School Parliament provides a ‘voice’ of all children in the school. Our links with staff, parents, children, the governors and community enable us to participate in decisions about teaching, learning, fundraising and the success of our school.
If you have a good idea for the school, let your School Parliament representatives know and they can raise it at the next meeting.